With smiles plastered on the faces of Brandi and Braden Holtby on Saturday afternoon, the couple paraded through the streets of Washington D.C. rocking rainbow Capitals attire.
For the last couple of years, the Holtbys have become synonymous with the Capital Pride Parade. The Caps goalie and his wife have attended three pride parades and are proud allies of the LGBTQ+ community.
Braden Holtby has been vocal about his beliefs on equality, and most notably has served as the Capitals' "Hockey Is For Everyone" ambassador. Additionally, last September Holtby was invited to be a speaker at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, where he shared remarks on the importance of equality.
"You won't find a place where there's more people enjoying each other's company than they are here today," Holtby said to the media on Saturday before the parade. "It's been something that we've been able to do for a few years, you can tell the joy and the change that it can bring."
Throughout the 1.5-mile journey through the streets of D.C., Holtby was a fan favorite -- throwing rainbow Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment shirts and beads into the crowd. He also got off the float a number of times to interact with the fans directly.
As the parade marched on, you could hear supporters in the crowd shouting Holtby's name. He signed gear and stopped to take photos with some of his biggest fans - even going as far as to make one of them cry tears of joy.
Watching Holtby on Saturday, it was extremely apparent how much he enjoys having the opportunity to show his support for the LGBTQ+ community and being a part of an organization that does the same.
"The thing that I'm most proud of is our team and Monumental, showing their support and trying to teach the younger generation about what we believe in," Holtby said.